Monday, December 04, 2023


“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

— William Wilberforce

New York Aerial Sprays Altosid and VectoBac Pesticides to Combat Zika

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is spraying city neighborhoods against mosquitoes that may carry and spread the Zika virus,1 2 3 which officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have concluded is the cause of the infant birth defect microcephaly.4 New York City public health officials are now using low-flying helicopters to release pellets of the pesticides Altosid and VectoBac over four of New York City’s five boroughs, including Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx.1 3

Specific areas targeted for spraying are “marshland and other urban wetlands.” In Brooklyn, these include Marine Park and Fresh Creek Park. In Queens,  it is Alley Pond Park, the now dormant Flushing Airport, Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary and Park, and Brookville Park. In Staten Island, areas include Goethals North, Corporate Park, Saw Mill Marsh, Chelsea, Fresh Kills, La Tourette, Port Mobile, Wolfes Pond Park, Blue Heron Park, South Beach, Old Town, Clove Lake Park, and Kissena Park. In  The Bronx, it’s Pelham Bay Park.1 3

Altosid is a trade name for the insect growth regulator (IGR) Methoprene. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Methoprene “interferes with an insect’s life cycle and prevents it from reaching maturity or reproducing.”5 It essentially attacks mosquitoes when they are in their larval stage of development in water, before they hatch and are able to fly. Other trade names for the larvicide are Apex, Diacon, Dianex, Extinguish, Fleatrol, Kabat, Ovitrol, Pharorid, and Precor.5

With regard to Altosid’s toxicity to humans, fact sheets made available by local governments state:

Risk to the general public from the use of Altosid is minimal. Avoiding exposure is always the safest course of action, particularly for populations that may be at higher risk such as pregnant women, children, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.6 7

VectoBac is a trade name for the bacterial insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti). Other trade names include Aquabac, Teknar, and LarvX, but there are a total of 25 Bti products registered for use in the United States.8 According to the EPA:

Mosquito larvae eat the Bti product which is made up of the dormant spore form of the bacterium and an associated pure toxin. The toxin disrupts the gut in the mosquito by binding to receptor cells present in insects, but not in mammals.8

According to the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), “Bti is low in toxicity to people and other mammals.” With regard to birds and fish, Bti has been found to be “practically non-toxic and non-pathogenic.”9

Although both insect growth regulators and bacterial insecticides are thought to be relatively harmless to humans, they are still toxic to some degree. Note above, for example, the risk of Altosid to the public is described as minimal, and the toxicity of Bti is characterized as low.

What might be of particular concern to the New York City’s residents is the ironic possibility that using these chemicals against mosquitoes to control the perceived threat of the Zika virus could actually have the effect of creating a serious local health crisis where there was previously none.

While the CDC seems convinced that Zika is behind the microcephaly cases in Brazil that have received so much media exposure of late, other organizations such as Médicos de Pueblos Fumigados (Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Villages) of Argentina do not believe the causal relationship between Zika and the Brazilian microcephaly cases is clear. The Vaccine Reaction published an article about this titled “Pyriproxyfen Suspected of Causing Microcephaly in Brazil” earlier this year.10

Médicos de Pueblos Fumigados has argued that an insect growth regulator similar to Altosid may be responsible for the microcephaly cases. In a report published in February 2016, the group cited Pyriproxyfen as a possible cause.11 According to the report:

[I]n the area [of Brazil] where most sick persons live, a chemical larvicide producing malformations in mosquitoes has been applied for 18 months, and that […] poison (Pyriproxyfen) is applied by the State on drinking water used by the affected population.

Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added Pyriproxyfen to drinking water is not a coincidence…11

This plausible theory that human exposures to toxic pesticides can damage fetal brains should be sufficient reason to give every New Yorker pause. It should be a reason to give those operating the New York City Health Department pause. Only time will tell if, in fact, the current anti-Zika pesticide spraying campaign will produce the outbreak of microcephaly cases it is aimed at preventing.


1 Ford J. These NYC areas will be sprayed with Zika-preventing larvicides. PIX11 News May 13, 2016.
2 Frost M. NYC begins fight against the Zika virus. Brooklyn Daily Eagle May 17, 2016.
3 Katz M. These NYC Areas Will Be Doused In Zika-Preventing Larvicides This Week. Gothamist May 11, 2016.
4 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Concludes Zika Causes Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects. Apr. 13, 2016.
5 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. June 2001 Update of the March 1991 Methoprene R.E.D. Fact Sheet. June 2001.
6 Passaic County Mosquito Control Pesticide Fact Sheet. Borough of Ringwood, New Jersey.
7 Altosid. Department of Public Works, Essex County, New Jersey.
8 Larvicides for Mosquito Control. Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project.
9 Bacillus thuringiensis General Fact Sheet. National Pesticide Information Center.
Cáceres M. Pyriproxyfen Suspected of Causing Microcephaly in Brazil. The Vaccine Reaction Feb. 12, 2016.
Avila Vazquez M and Team REDUAS. REPORT from Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Villages regarding Dengue-Zika, microcephaly, and mass-spraying with chemical poisons. Red Universitaria de Ambiente y Salud Feb. 3, 2016.

55 Responses

  1. So, someone decides to spray 8-10 million people for a mosquito that is not yet a problem, (think flu epidemic scares that never actually arrive),Yet the sprays themselves are highly toxic, cause reproductive issues in humans and Cancer???? Are you NUTS!?!

    1. There are 5 boroughs in NY only 4 are being sprayed Manhattan is the rich one and the only one NOT BEING SPRAYED
      even though Central Park is in Manhattan.
      In Brazil chem were added to the water to kill mosquitoes before the small head babies epidemic. Zika is not the problem

    2. No Tamara, ‘they’ are not ‘nuts’. ‘They’ are deadly serious people, with a deadly serious agenda.

    3. Most all other industrialized countries in the world are saying “NO TO GMO’s, TO PESTICIDES, and even NO TO CERTAIN VACCINATIONS”, because they know these things are causing more harm than good. WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!

  2. This is insane. There is no real proof Zika causes infant birth defect microcephaly. They must hav another reason. Spraying to cause infant birth defect microcephaly so they can make a million dollar vaccine. People wake up!

    1. That doesn’t make sense. If “they” wanted to make a million dollar vaccine, wouldn’t they *not* spray the mosquitoes?

      I’m not saying that aerial spraying of pesticide over an urban area isn’t something to be taken lightly, but please get your conspiracy theories straight.

      1. They used to spray our neighborhood in suburban Chicago with DDT on a regular basis in the 1950’s to kill the mosquitos. I used to run behind the truck as the DDT was released because we were told it was harmless.

        DDT is a known carcinogen At the age of 40, I found a lump in my breast. I have had the routine of cut, burn and poison, and still had a re-occurance 3 years after all of that. I’ve read now that is pretty standard to have a reoccurence after 3 years or so. Bilateral mastechtomy was next and then 9 years of tamoxifen – another known carcinogen, I have fatty deposits on my liver and my thyroid no longer works as it was designed to do so I have to take a supplement. I recently stopped taking the synthetic thyroid and asked my doctor for the natural supplement. If you think I want to trust the system and the doctors who are part of that system, no thanks. Those are the quacks.

      2. As Freud put it, all behavior is psychologically over-determined. Of course they would spray and develop a vaccine and do anything else that will make them money. And if anyone questions the necessity of doing both, the response will be “Better safe than sorry.” Our consumerist economy has little to do with ministering to people’s needs and everything to do with pandering to their fleeting desires and, in this case, imaginary fears.

      3. No, think. Once the toxic spray does it’s damage to any pregnant woman living in these boroughs, and more microcephaly cases start presenting, there you go, proof that we “acted too late” and that we need a vaccine post haste! It’s yet to be seen but, these kinds of endocrine disruptor chemicals will cause birth defects! We have 25,000 (CDC number) approx, now. NOT caused by Zika.

        1. Well stated! We’re always just “a little too late” and, therefore, “must act now to save the lives of millions!” It’s astounding how more people do not see this connection…which has been repeated multiple times for many “deadly” diseases and their “necessary, life-saving” vaccinations.

  3. I agree with Deborah. The way to make money in America is to find a problem and solve it with your invention. The reality show Shark Tank is all about that. If there isn’t a problem…well…then they can create one.

    1. Our government doesn’t find problems to solve, they create problems which they have already created a solution for in order to make us believe that without their solution we will get sick and die a horrible death.

  4. What an evil government regime that is funded by taxpayers and slush funds and grants. They purposely cause a deadly disease with humans, under the disgusting umbrella of, “We care about humanity”. Their evil purpose is obvious; to make as many humans sick and controllable, and to greatly reduce the human population on this planet.

  5. Yes I also agree with Deborah. There is evidence that Zika does not cause microcephaly. Most of the cases in Brazil did not test positive for Zika. Listen to my interview with Rima Laibow, MD on the Lost Arts Radio channel from 5/22/16.

    Richard Sacks, Host
    Lost Arts Radio
    Independent holistic health scientist since 1965
    Essene teacher and consultant
    [email protected]

  6. The people in New York should get together to fight this. The people didn’t ask for this. It’s not the government’s obligation to do this without the people asking for it.

      1. Yes they have started to spray and will continue to spray. One, they take away your right of keeping your body healthy and clean and that is their agenda. Secondly, The damage done by the sprays will make people chronically sick, which means constant doctor visits and chronic medications. This leads to their income and your dependency on their health system. They do not create solutions.

  7. What could pregnant women in Brooklyn and the surrounding Burroughs do or take to protect themselves from these pesticides?

    1. Get to know the God of Hevaen, trust Him alone for salvation of your soul and pray for your physical protection and that of your baby <3 Ask him to provide things to help you fight the affects also, natural resources, foods and supplements 🙂

    2. At 65 years old and having watched with horror the subtle overthrow of this government by CEO’s of corporations (that have been given the status of a “person”) corrupt politicians from the top down since the murder of JFK and government employees, I have come to conclusion the only way to save our country from the filth that sucks us dry and poison us and our children, is for a complete Re-Revolution. Unless enough people WAKE UP!!!!!!!! the rest of us, sane clear-minded people will be swept under the rug by those too stupid to know you can never trust a politician – NEVER!
      The people of NY could rise up against those who want to poison them, but they would first have to know the TRUTH about zika. That will never happen as the media is owned by the same families who seek to do this. And most people are too “comfortably numb” (Pink Floyd)to get off their sofas and so some research. So again, we who are knowledgeable on the subject(s) must suffer from their ignorance and ineptitude.

  8. The Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti) toxin referred to in the above article is also genetically manipulated into a number of plant species, (i.e. GMO crops) such as corn and cotton. The findings of independent scientists investigating or evaluating environmental risks of this toxin are sufficiently compelling to warrant the immediate withdrawal of all Bt from use.

    The below article states, “Bt toxins have also been detected in the blood of pregnant women and their foetuses, showing their capacity to survive the human digestive tract [5]. Aside from Bt toxicity itself, commercial formulations contain many added so-called ‘inert’ chemicals such as surfactants that have been shown to be toxic in their own right [6] and could explain to an unknown degree the results in this study.”

    As expected the powers that be recklessly jump into this labyrinth of biological complexities breaching natural barriers, and disregarding the unique genetic background of individuals and species, with only surface knowledge of what they are doing. Regrettably basic scientific research is being superseded by research for profit, or by other unethical self-serving reasons. It appears that the burden of proof with respect to the Bt toxin is being placed on the people of the City of New York.

  9. Good questions Jenni! We can read the news, be skeptical about what we read, even angry about it, but what can be done to STOP the madness? We are to the point of not being able to field with our immune systems, all the untoward and toxic mess that comes our way. What would the path of protest be for the people of New York? Or any of us living anywhere?

  10. Protect yourselves, find out when spraying is; stay indoors with an IQ health pro 250 (which has activated charcoal to remove gases) on high speed in a tightly sealed room- the least drafty room in the house.

  11. Wow. I read recently that the microencephalopathy is more likely caused by pesticide exposure (i.e. glyphosate). So the solution is to spray people with more pesticides. Also I notice they are not spraying the wealthy borough of Manhattan. Can anyone say eugenics?

    1. They DID spray in Manhattan. 1:40 am last night, I heard the trucks, and saw them. It was creepy. I live on 183rd.

  12. My cynical thinking is that some people will be thrilled if and when an infant develops microcephaly. They will then claim that Zika was the problem and then try to mandate vaccines for people–vaccines that have no independent testing or long term testing. The people who will be happy are the drug corporations and all those who are supported by them. Forced drugging and lack of informed consent are still international crimes against humanity last I heard.

  13. This is again a ruse by the government to make its people sick and ripe for controlling. The zika virus is not even confirmed to be evident in NY. Fire that F-ing DeBlasio before he kills all of you.

  14. Correlation is not causation. Money would be better spent installing lamps that attract and electrically disintegrate them, even giving them to some homes.

    But since the “Reagan Revolution” tax cuts got corporations to fund the EPA, CDC, and FDA, with fees, you got these agencies running on corporate fees, and with politicians and parties vying for campaign funding, then “he that pays the piper calls the tune.” So drug and chemical companies get $Billions to poison us, and we don’t have a damn thing to say about it.

  15. Are the NY authorities even publishing a “spraying warning” so people can know when to stay indoors, bring the toys inside, wash down the door knobs and outdoor surfaces the kids and people touch, water the lawn where the kids play, etc.?

    This is just another boondoggle so the political cronies can make money off the taxpayer dollar like methanol subsidies, etc.

  16. I agree that New Yorkers should take legal action to stop this misguided use of pesticide.

  17. When the CDC comes out and states they actually have no idea what’s causing Zika (probably man-made anyway) and they decide to spray toxic chemicals into the air to combat this is OUTRAGEOUS. I see this as nothing more than 1.) instill Fear (falsely) into the general population 2.) ask the U.S. Government for Billions of dollars to treat it 3.) Big Pharma laughs all the way to the Bank, once again. And yes, I am one of those ‘crazies’ who does believe that our own government is trying to depopulate the planet and this is just another example. Were New Yorker’s made aware that they were going to do this insane type of treatment? When will we American’s stop being poisoned one way or another? The vaccines, flouride and psychiatric drugs are bad enough and now they resort to this? My God, what’s next?

  18. microcephaly caused by injecting pregnant females with known neurotoxins. nothing to do with mosquitos. 100% iatrogenic

  19. There is too much corruption beginning at the top and they are not going to do anything since all about the dollar. It will take a revolution by the people to refuse vaccines, GMO’s, become educated about the dangerous drugs produced by Big Pharma, approved by the FDA and cheered on by the CDC.

  20. Just a red herring so people won’t remember that there are 25,000 children born with microcephaly in the U.S. each year, and folks, it ain’t caused by mosquitoes! Minute toxic exposure during the gestation period and it is so ironic this “remedy” provides even more toxicity to unsuspecting pregnant moms.

  21. If anybody reading this lives in one of these areas, you should put up fliers, put an ad on Craigslist or in your local paper, to get other locals together to protest this! And, call the media to be there!

    And, make no mistake, if it’s allowed to happen in NYC, it will be happening all over this country. It’s our complacency that makes these monsters think they can get away with poisoning us, and it will only get worse!

  22. Zika virus is a benign virus. It was discovered in Uganda in 1947, in the rhesus monkey. It is now patented and owned by the Rockefeller Foundation, and available for purchase over the internet, which alone should set off alarms.
    Zika virus causes only very mild symptoms in healthy persons, and no symptoms 80% of the time. In almost 70 years it has never been known to cause any birth defects, including microcephaly. Nor has it been associated with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which is an autoimmune reaction known to follow flu and other vaccines, in prone individuals (ie: of Jewish decent).
    So why are so many people in Brazil suddenly testing positive for Zika virus? Brazil force vaccinated its people with polio vaccine in 2015. The DTaP vaccine was pushed on women in their third trimesters, when the fetus is particularly susceptible to developmental birth defects. The polio vaccine was made from cell cultures of the rhesus monkey, which is the primary carrier of the virus. People that received this vaccine will have the DNA from the virus in their blood that will now trigger a positive reaction for the test. Simple and clear!
    So why the sudden surge in microcephaly?
    Toxic substances in vaccines are a known cause of microcephaly.
    Also in Brazil, they are so afraid of insect transmitted diseases (Dengue fever, yellow fever, malaria, Chaga’s disease, Chickunguya, and now zika virus) that they are fumigating their homes, and even painting the houses with a deadly pesticide, chlorpyrifos, to keep the insects out. They are literally turning their homes into gas chambers with neurotoxic poisons that are banned in many other countries because of their known dangers to humans.
    That is the perfect weapon of mass destruction delivered right into their homes for continuous exposure. They also have soldiers putting BT toxin and a chemical larvicide [pesticide] that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled programme aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes. directly into their rain barrels and drinking water. It is an endocrine disruptor and is teratogenic (causes birth defects).

    This explains the sudden appearance of microcephaly and makes the Zika virus a scapegoat for the petrochemical/pharmaceutical industries. As Rahm Emmanuel said “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

    So what are these global health agencies going to offer as the cure? Why, more of the very same substances that have caused this outbreak of birth defects……More Vaccines and Pesticides!

  23. The NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene? Mental Hygiene?
    How is it that an elite few get to vote to poison all the rest of us? New York is the only state that banned fracking. You can stop this too. Do we, the people, have to fight for every breath of air??? Unbelievable!

  24. This really SICK. In Brazil they are SURE that zika virus is due to Technology spraying insecticides. I’m inclined to believe them. You’d better get these dudes out of office and stop their sickness in spraying.

  25. First there was the H1N1, HIV, AIDS, SARS, ASIAN FLU, BIRD FLU, MERS, SMALLPOX, POLIO, WEST NILE, Ebola, and now BigPharma is proud to announce . . . BIRTH OF THE ZIKA BOOGEYMAN! HURRY, HURRY, HURRY FOLKS! Step right up and get your genuine Zika jab before it’s too late! Pregnant women and children to the front of the line! You there in the back, stop pushing! There’s plenty of vaccine for everyone! Hurry . . . hurry . . . hurry folks . . .

  26. I previously had read that the Zika virus was harmless until they started spraying the mosquito with Monsanto chemicals. So I think this is a way to crate more problems that then the tax payer can pay to solve.

  27. 100% of the microcephalic babies in Brazil are vaccine damage. All the pregnant women started the MANDATED Dtap vaccination, as early as 20 weeks gestation in May, look what happened 20 weeks later. As for USA? CDC are attempting to hide the fact, USA had 400 microcephalic babies a year, before they started jabbing pregnant women. SINCE 2013, THIS HAS JUMPED TO 25,000 MICROCEPHALIC BABIES. So how the hell are CDC going to explain wow, we didn’t realise we had zika in 2013, suddenly arrived, just as Dtap pregnant women did? Centres for Disease and Corruption, please explain?

  28. Oh I am angela coral eisenhauer facebook my email is [email protected] I am a pathologist, and damn DTap don’t even work. The rise in baby deaths? All due to Dtap given to siblings, they are virtually constant carriers, no symptoms. In Australia, after DTAP our whooping cough has gone from 400 a year, whole of Australia, to more than 1 in 25 kids aged 6-12 all have whooping cough, all vaccine failures. Before it fails those kids near constantly spread whooping cough, no symptoms, because of the useless vaccine. So instead of banning this vaccine in 2010, and no more whooping cough, no more baby deaths, they damn jabbing babies in utero, with a vaccine that kills them if given at birth. CDC MURDER!

    1. Bt is actually a natural soil dwelling bacteria that has been used in organic farming for quite a while now. It kills caterpillars (and mosquito larvae) while not being harmful to birds, humans. Bt pellets are used in standing water sources to kill the mosquito larve and are much safer and more effective than aerial spraying of pesticides like malathion, Sevin, which kill all insects and especially bees. I’m not familiar with the other product, Altocid, but Bt is one of the safer products out there.

      1. You trying to be serious Bob? bt the natural pesticide IS NOT WHAT IS IN CORN AND COTTON. It is the stuff from the caterpillars guts, the exploding pus, that is what is in the corn, and the food.

  29. I am devastated to read this. I live in one of the NY boroughs that was sprayed. No, we were not informed and I have a 3 month old baby and friends who are pregnant. I would love to be part of something to speak out and raise awareness to these boroughs on what was done and invite the media, but I have never done something like that and don’t know how even to start. And I have a new baby, which is a full job on its own. If anyone else lives in this area and would like to co-organize, it would make it a bit more doable for me to be a part of.

  30. to all of those that have left a all of you in USA that are now ..AWARE.. and concern…I can only say that I am sorry .that it has taken so long for the general public to understand what has been going on in the USA govermente since the end of the II war and that reach a climax ..during the Vietnam war..The transnational coorporation with the mafias behind ..have taken control of the Goverment..they manage during the 40 to change the law to permit this to happen..Just imagine how all this horrors are possible ___ they are because the private interest have taken control over the public one..*an the payed lobbing in Washinton is one place to star to stop all this.That has been afecting the people all over the world because of the ..supremacy position the Unated States took after the II war..The army the goverment has gone in front to the rest of the planet ..telling every body what to to..imposing ideas of democracy and human rights..wile the Big Transnationl economic interest have bee behind..the same as with public health..with war ..they figure *and not just now..but for centuries now..that the greatest business is to create conflicts..destroy and then charge for reconstruction.

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